Friday, July 21, 2017

Mount Veeder - Known for Cabernet Sauvignon Blends

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Antoine Chaya is a well-established technology professional who holds leadership responsibilities with Oracle Corporation. A longtime wine enthusiast, Antoine Chaya is particularly drawn to varieties from the Napa Valley.

One distinct American Viticultural Area (AVA) featured in a recent Wine Enthusiast article is Mount Veeder, which was only formally recognized as an AVA in the early 1990s, spanning 25 square miles west of Napa and Yountville. Unlike other mountains in the region, the terrain is home to relatively few commercially planted vineyards and is characterized by forests rich in oak, pine, and fir trees. 

Relatively close to the Bay, wines from makers such as Pott Wines, Lagier-Meredith, and Mithra are typically blended to make cabernet sauvignons. The blue and black berries are extremely small and pair earthy minerality with floral aromatic accents. Surprisingly, the mountain, which receives high rainfall, stays warmer during winter than the floor of the valley and tends to avoid frost. This lengthens the harvest as much as three weeks beyond most Napa vineyards and boosts production capacities.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Skills for Successful Strategic Account Management

Author, academic, and information technology professional Antoine Chaya holds an MBA and a PhD in information technology management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Based in Redwood Shores, California, Antoine Chaya serves as the senior director of strategic accounts at the computer technology company Oracle.

The role of a strategic account manager involves developing and maintaining strategic customer relationships that foster mutual growth and loyalty. To create and deliver value-based solutions that meet the customer's needs and the company's expectations, strategic account managers need a specific set of skills and competencies, the foremost being an understanding of the company’s priorities and overall knowledge of the customer and the industry. Successful strategic account managers possess a high level of financial and business acumen, recognize opportunity, have superior negotiation and communication skills, and place a high value on co-creation.

As managers, these professionals exhibit high-level leadership qualities such as cultural sensitivity and interpersonal relationship skills. They also hold themselves accountable for business outcomes and for the customer/corporate relationship.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Oracle Widens Cloud Accelerator Program for Startups


For over a decade, Antoine Chaya has played executive-level roles in the highly competitive software industry. Antoine Chaya, PhD, currently serves as senior director for strategic accounts at Oracle Corporation, based in Redwood Shores, California. The software and cloud platform giant, with sales of $35 billion in 2016, announced in January 2017 the broadening of its Startup Cloud Accelerator program.

Highlighting the fact that Oracle itself was once a startup, the program is designed to enable current startups to become operational as quickly as possible. It is intended for early-stage technology startups. The program provides state-of-the-art technology, free credits on Oracle Cloud, top-notch mentoring and advising, access to partners and customers of Oracle, access to investors, and co-working space.

The pilot program was launched in Bangalore, India, in April 2016. It drew a collection of applicants numbering in the hundreds. Many of the qualified participants are already experiencing success. This cloud-enable program will be establishing a new center in Tel Aviv, Mumbai, Delhi, Paris, Bristol (UK), Sao Paulo, and Singapore. All seven new centers will be open for applications by late 2017.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

An experienced business professional who holds both an MBA and a PhD in IT management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Antoine Chaya has served as senior director of strategic accounts at the Oracle Corporation since 2006. Over the course of his career, he has contributed to numerous professional associations and gatherings. Antoine Chaya delivered a presentation on the relationships between IT investments and organizational performance at the 29th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences in Maui, Hawaii.

One of the longest-standing scientific conferences in the world, the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) attracts IT and computer business leaders and scholars from more than 40 countries. As recorded by Google Scholar, it is currently the top information systems conference in terms of citations.
In 2009, the Australian Research Council reported that the HICSS received a perfect "A" rating from the Australian Government's Excellence in Research project (ERA). The ERA bestowed this honor on only 32 information systems conferences out of 241.

Featuring a “rich mixture of computer-based applications and technologies,” the HICSS presents a large number of research paper presentations and discussions over a period of three days. It also supports a full day of workshops, symposia, and tutorials.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Oracle Corporate Citizenship Efforts

For nearly two decades, Antoine Chaya, PhD, has been a part of Oracle Corporation, first as director of consulting and later as senior director of strategic accounts. Under the guidance of leaders such as Antoine Chaya, Oracle provides effective computing solutions to businesses; it is also firmly committed to good corporate citizenship.

Oracle has started several initiatives to foster such citizenship. It strives to outperform its peers in matters of sustainability and has made its Utah Compute Facility 66 percent more energy-efficient than the average for its industry. Oracle also does much to support education efforts, providing billions of dollars each year in assistance for students to help ensure their college readiness.

As part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, for instance, Oracle works to help children and adults explore new technologies. Thanks in large part to Oracle’s efforts, the technologies underlying Raspberry Pi have continued to spread globally. Oracle also provides assistance to several other projects, such as gorilla conservation, and it encourages volunteerism among its employees to extend its reach as a good corporate neighbor further still.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Georgia Tech’s Impact on Georgia Economy

An experienced information technology professional, Antoine Chaya serves as a senior director for strategic accounts at tech industry giant Oracle Corporation. Antoine Chaya earned both his MBA and PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech.

According to a recent study, Georgia Tech’s impact on Georgia’s economy amounts to $2.87 billion. The number was based on a study commissioned by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG), which was released on May 12.

In 2015, USG is comprised of 31 institutions. For fiscal 2015, the system’s total impact amounted to $15.5 billion. Georgia Tech had the largest economic impact followed by the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Augusta University, and Kennesaw State University.

The various universities’ impact on their host communities was based on their total output using the multiplier effect. The Selig Center for Economic Growth in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia conducted the study using data from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Anniversary of Defining Moment in California’s Wine Ascendance

As Oracle Corporation senior director of strategic accounts, Antoine Chaya has extensive experience in organizational performance in the technology sphere. Passionate about wine, Antoine Chaya particularly enjoys varieties grown and bottled in Northern California’s Napa Valley.

The year 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of a well-remembered moment in the history of Napa winemaking: the moment that one of its wines, a 1973 Chateau Montelena chardonnay, earned first place in the prestigious Paris Tasting.” This blind tasting event marked a sea change, with Northern California vintners becoming highly respected in their own right and often surpassing Bordeaux and Burgundy producers.

One of the highly acclaimed vintages of the era is Spring Mountain Vineyard’s 1973 chardonnay, which surpassed French Premier Crus and Grand Crus bottles in blind taste testing. The winery, open only by appointment, sits on a Victorian country estate that was the setting of the soap opera Falcon Crest. Production is limited to 240 cases each year, and the winery’s early success is attributed to an owner with a “European palette.” Thus, Spring Mountain Vineyard’s wines contrast with the full, buttery qualities previously associated with California wines. One of the mid-1970s French judges, taking a sip of the vintage, was heard to say “Ah, back to France.”